Sources: More Strikes Will Likely Hit Vital Military Facilities in North Yemen

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-04-20 10:34 AM UTC


The U.S.-led international forces in the Red Sea consider launching "powerful" strikes against the Ansar Allah (Houthi) group's military facilities, training camps, military factories, and missile and drone depots in North Yemen, Yemeni military sources told Sheba Intelligence.


 It has been over three months since the U.S. and the U.K. began striking Houthi sites in Yemen. However, the previous strikes were directed at missile and drone launch centers or responded to Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Since November last year, the Houthis have been attacking shipping lines off Yemen, saying they act in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where Israel has killed over 34000 people over the past six months.


The military sources said the expected military operation comes within the framework of weakening Iran's proxies in the region before any negotiation.


According to the sources, the strikes on Yemen's Houthis will be similar to the air raids that hit the camps of the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq on Friday, leaving at least one dead and six injured.


Early this month, an airstrike hit the Iranian consulate annex building adjacent to the Iranian embassy in Damascus, killing 16 people, including a senior Quds Force commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, and seven other IRGC officers.


Meanwhile, the sources indicated that the Houthis plan to launch military operations in Taiz, Marib, Shabwah, and Saudi-Yemen border areas. However, the Houthis and Iranians still have conflicting visions.


According to the sources, military experts from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard prioritize neutralizing Saudi Arabia through mobilization on the Saudi-Yemen border and control of Bab al-Mandab through an attack on Mocha. But the Houthis prioritize taking over gas and oil areas in Marib and Shabwah, and the gas and oil pipelines that extend to Balhaf and Bir Ali oil ports in Shabwah.


Sheba Intelligence obtained information about a Houthi military meeting in the Al-Mithaq Institute building in Al-Hazm city in Al-Jawf province. Experts from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, led by a person called Abu Rashad Shahban, attended the meeting. The meeting discussed preparations for large-scale military operations.


Among those who attended the meeting were Iranian experts such as Masoud Al-Khali, Muhammad Zaher Shahban, Abdul Ilah Abu Zaher, Gibran Al-Jubrani,

And Mohammed Khalil. It is not known if these are their real names or pseudo.


On Thursday, the leader of the Ansar Allah (Houthi) group Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi urged European countries to withdraw their "military assets" from the Red Sea, stressing that there is no danger to European shipping that is not heading to Israel.

He said in a televised speech, "We tell the Europeans that it is in your interest to withdraw your units that cost you a lot and involve you in dangers and skirmishes for the benefit of the United States."

He vowed to continue his support for Gaza, saying, ""We affirm to the Americans, the British, and everyone else that no one can ever stop our supportive operations for Gaza."